Navratras / Navratri , is one of the biggest Hindu festivals. During these nine auspicious nights, we worship the different avatars of Goddess Durga and most people observe fasts. It’s a time to deviate from our daily work stuff and get back to our spiritual roots.
To start with, spending time with the Goddess Durga is one pure feel that brings oneself to the meaning of being honest, connected, devoted and likewise. Mostly, decorating Maa Durga with kumkum, bangles, flowers, and jewelled attires, and offering morning prayers create an atmosphere that stands true to the essense of Navratras.
As much as the idol of Maa Durga adds the feel of winning over evil, simplicity in the food brings the same feeling of winning over different urges. The aroma of pure butter or desi ghee delicacies fills up the air, making it mouth-watering.
Traditionally, Navratri is celebrated twice a year, at the beginning of spring and during the onset of autumn. During this festival, many people give up non-vegetarian food while others eliminate onion and garlic from their meals.
Some people choose to fast for all nine days, while others may opt to fast only on the first and last day of the festive period. Fasting is a way to pay our gratitude to the Goddess. It’s believed that consuming alcohol and non-vegetarian food is inauspicious and unholy, but there is also sound science behind it.
These foods attract and absorb negative energies, so it’s better to avoid them during a seasonal change when our bodies tend to have low immunity.
To make the most of this festival, we can try some delicious Navratri Vrat recipes that are light on the stomach and can be digested easily. Instead of regular salt, we use rock salt or sendha namak as it’s pure and unprocessed.
If we don’t wish to fast, we can follow a vegetarian satvik diet where we avoid ingredients like garlic and onions that produce heat in the body, allowing our body to detox.
So let’s embrace the joy with Navratri recipes for 9 days that I have handpicked for you. From old favourites to newer ones, let’s try something different and make this festival even more special.